The top 5: New York Mets all-time hits leaders

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There aren't too many reasons to watch the New York Mets play these days. R.A. Dickey's pursuit of 20 wins and a possible Cy Young award is just about it. Matt Harvey is done, so that's out. But there's also David Wright, who's making mincemeat of the franchise record book in 2012. He's already broken the team's RBI record, as well as the doubles and runs scored marks this season. Now he's only two hits away from tying Ed Kranepool's record, which has stood since 1979. Before we get to the Mets' Top 5 all-time hits leaders, here is 10 through six: Howard Johnson (997), Darryl Strawberry (1,025), Mike Piazza (1,028), Bud Harrelson (1,029) and Mookie Wilson (1,112). Now, the Top 5:

5. Edgardo Alfonzo, 1,136: Fonzie spent eight years with the Mets (1995-2002), and besides ranking fifth on the team's all-time hits list, he's all over the Top 10 in many categories: fourth in WAR (28), tied for fifth in average (.292), fifth in runs (614) and doubles (212) and seventh in on-base percentage (.367) and RBIs (538). He hit 120 home runs, had a .445 slugging percentage, an .812 OPS and a 113 OPS+. All of that makes him the greatest second baseman the Mets have ever had.

4. Cleon Jones, 1,188: He was the first very good (with two outstanding years) position player the Mets produced, playing 12 years with the team (1963, '65-'75), before M. Donald Grant embarrassed himself by embarrassing Jones, which led to his departure and appearing in 12 games to finish out his career with the Chicago White Sox in '76. Jones put up a .281/.340/.406 line for the Mets, with a .746 OPS and 111 OPS+. His 521 RBIs rank eighth on the team's all-time list, 182 doubles are ninth, 33 triples fourth and 563 runs scored seventh. He hit 93 home runs and had a WAR of 16.4. Cleon, of course, caught the last out of the 1969 World Series, when he went down on one knee as Davey Johnson's fly ball settled into his glove. There should be a statue of that famous pose outside Citi Field.

3. Jose Reyes, 1,300: Before he left to join the enemy, Reyes spent nine years with the Mets and sits atop the all-time triples list (99) as well as stolen bases (370). His .292 average is tied with Alfonzo for fifth (.341 OBP, .441 slugging, .782 OPS), and he's second in runs scored (735), third in doubles (222) and fifth in WAR (27). Reyes hit 81 home runs, drove in 423 runs and had an OPS+ of 107 with the Mets.

2. David Wright, 1,416: Here's where Wright ranks on the Met all-time lists: first in total bases (2,381), runs (786), RBIs (810), doubles (321), walks (614), strikeouts (1,007) and WAR (38.9), second in batting average (.300) and at bats (4,713), third in home runs (202), OPS (.886) and games played (1,254), fourth in OBP (.381) and slugging percentage (.505) and fifth in stolen bases (165).

1. Ed Kranepool, 1,418: An original Met and maybe the true Mr. Met, he spent 18 seasons with the team, and what's most likely forgotten about him is that he made his debut with the Amazin's when he was 17 years old and was only 34 when he played in his final game. Besides topping the hits list for three decades, Kranepool is first in games played (1,853) and at bats (5,436). He's second in doubles (225) and total bases (2,047), fifth in RBIs (614), ninth in runs (536) and triples (25) and 10th in home runs (118). The Bronx native put up a .261/.316/.377 line, with a .693 OPS. He made the 1965 All-Star team, and was an excellent fielding first baseman as well as being one of the great Met pinch hitters.

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